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The Race for Hope - DC presented by Cassidy Turley raises funds to support innovative research initiatives and provide information for brain tumor patients and their families. This amazing event relies on the dedication and enthusiasm of individuals, families, teams, volunteers, sponsors and donors. Thank you for your support in helping us find a cure for brain tumors!
Our son in law, Dave Burns, fought a courageous 2 1/2 year battle with glioblastoma multiforme, more commonly called brain cancer. Brain cancer is a miserble disease. It knows no age limits, striking young and old alike. There is no known cure. A diagnosis of brain cancer usually brings with it a life expectancy of only 12-18 months. Not only does brain cancer kill, but unlike most other cancers, it destroys the brain, impairing vital functions such as vision, speech, memory, motor skills and other neurologic processes, thereby incapaciting it's victims and robbing them of the ability to function in a normal capacity, long before death occurs.
Dave's life and that of his family changed forever the day he heard "You have a brain tumor". From that moment on he could not drive due to the possiblity of seizures, making him dependant on others for transportation. Surgery, radiation and chemotherapy impacted his ability to work on a regular basis. Eventually, side effects of radiation, chemo and tumor growth resulted in debilitating vision and memory impairment and the loss of function of his left arm and leg. Dave became dependant on others for most of his needs.
Dave was fortunate to have the best brain tumor care in the world right in his backyard. World reknown neurosurgeon, Dr. Alfredo Quinones (Dr. Q) and the neuro-oncology team at Johns Hopkins Hospital provided the most aggressive standard of care avialable and a chance to participate in research trials. Even with the best treatment and care, the glioblastoma won. Dave never complained or wallowed in self pity. Dave never lost hope. He always thought he could beat this monster of a disease.
By participating in the Race for Hope-DC, we are helping to keep Dave's hope and fighting spirit alive. We can help Dave continue his fight against brain cancer, by providing hope to others in memory of him. One of Dave's favorite songs was Pink Floyd's "Shine on You Crazy Diamonds", ironically, the last song he listened to just moments before he died. Please join us, Team Dave's Crazy Diamonds, on May 4, 2014 at the Race for Hope -DC, to support our goal of raising $3000 for brain tumor research. You do not need to be a runner to participate, many of us will be walking the 5 k course. If you can't join us, please consider making a donation to help make Dave's dream of a cure a reality for current and future brain cancer victims.
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